The 10 Best Things to Do in Los Altos, United States

February 17, 2018 Vivienne Hutton

Los Altos (/lɔːs ˈæltoʊs/ ( listen)) is a city in Santa Clara County, California, in northern Silicon Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The population was 28,976 according to the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Los Altos

1. Computer History Museum

1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043-1311 +1 650-810-1010
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 659 reviews

Computer History Museum

Reviewed By D P - Wellington, New Zealand

Massive space upstairs perfect for meetings and conferences as they have many large spaces. The food was fantastic and the building modern. Looked briefly downstairs on the museum and it looked to be very interesting and informative if you’re technoor technology inclined.

2. Rancho San Antonio County Park

Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino, CA 95014 +1 650-691-1200
Excellent
56%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Rancho San Antonio County Park

Park featuring 23 miles of running trails.

Reviewed By Aparna J - San Francisco, California

A moderate level hike through a few hills. Doesn't get too steep but you'll be going up quite a bit (and then down). There isn't a ton of tree coverage so bring your sunscreen and avoid during the summer.

3. Stanford University

450 Serra Mall, Palo Alto, CA 94305-2004 +1 650-723-2300
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Stanford University

Breeding ground for Silicon Valley businesses. The founders of Hewlett Packard, Yahoo!, and Sun Microsystems all passed through the doors of this institution.

Reviewed By Andrea F

Wonderful campus, easy and relaxing to walk around. I went up in the Hoover Tower, where you can see the entire campus! It was beautiful and pleasant!

4. Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

Skyline Boulevard , 2.3 miles south of Highway 84, Los Altos, CA
Excellent
73%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

Reviewed By Coastman3 - Palo Alto, California

There is no better, easy access, open space hike in the Bay Area than Windy Hill in Portola Valley. This is a 1500 vertical foot trek over 2.5 miles on a dirt road that is limited to only park ranger vehicles. Lots of dogs on leash and lots of families. Truly the best hike on the Peninsula that I've experienced. If you haven't tried it, you need to. It defines how wonderful this area is and the benefits of Mid-Peninsula Regional Park System and Peninsula Open Space Trust, which made it available to the park system. It is steep in sections, but manageable. If hot, there is an alternate trail that is slightly longer and is mostly under the trees. Both are spectacular, invigorating hikes.

5. Sunnyvale Farmers Market

Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 +1 510-745-7100
Excellent
53%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Sunnyvale Farmers Market

Reviewed By 3nvi

The farmer's market takes place on Saturday mornings in downtown Sunnyvale. Lots of fruit and vegetable stands, flower stands and some good food. There's a lot of parking within a couple of blocks. I particularly like the little Crepe stall. There's also a stand that sells really good Olive oil. I go fairly regularly to stock up on produce and fresh flowers, and grab breakfast while I'm there.

6. Stevens Creek Trail

Mountain View, Mountain View, CA +1 650-903-6072
Excellent
50%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Stevens Creek Trail

Reviewed By Dave B - Mountain View, California

Excellent trail for biking, walking, and bird watching. Come when it is storming and listen to the wind - wear your rain coat!

7. Los Altos History Museum

51 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022-3056 +1 650-948-9427
Excellent
53%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Los Altos History Museum

Reviewed By pglaw - California

I've been to two different weddings here and each one has been spectacular. Each one had totally different decor, number of guests, etc. and each one was lovely. There is a great outdoor area for tables that is between two buildings giving you some privacy for the event. Parking is so easy.

8. Cantor Arts Center

Lomita Dr. and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA +1 650-723-4177
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 426 reviews

Cantor Arts Center

The Center presents a wide selection of art in 24 galleries, plus outdoor gardens, courtyards, and terraces. The Center's collection spans 5000 years and ranges from ancient China to the 21st century.

Reviewed By K E

We visited the Cantor mainly to see the Rodin exhibit, but also enjoyed the exhibition of oriental pottery. The museum is easy to navigate and admission is free. The Rodin exhibit includes models and smaller works inside, with the full-scale pieces in the garden a la Musee Rodin. It is quite a nice collection that gives you a good feel for Rodin’s body of work. After enjoying the exhibits we had a late lunch at the museum’s Cool Cafe, which features a nice variety of house made soups, fresh salads and sandwiches. Parking (paid) is available adjacent to the museum.

9. Mountain View Farmers Market

600 W Evelyn Ave, Mountain View, CA 94041-1315 +1 925-465-4690
Excellent
66%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Mountain View Farmers Market

Reviewed By Judah S

This market carries a wide range of California produce as well as a decent selection of breads, fish, meats and cheeses. Aisles are wide and well laid out.

10. The Stanford Theatre

221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712 +1 650-324-3700
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 91 reviews

The Stanford Theatre

Reviewed By John M - Lyon, France

The Stanford Theater is a classical independent movie theater, located on University avenue, Palo Alto, which did show all kinds of movies until it was restored and transformed into a classic Hollywood movie theater in 1989 by David Packard, who aimed to bringing back the movie-going experience of Hollywood's Golden Age, which includes a live organ recital at the beginning and end of the films. “The magic of the movies depends on a larger-than-life image and the shared reactions of a large audience”. Ticket prices are reasonable compared to other theaters but the schedule changes quite rapidly - you can see different films and old favorites every 3-4 days. The theater has a stunning entrance and was built in the 1920s as a movie palace styled in neoclassical Persian and Moorish architecture. Simply an oasis of style and calm amid the bustle of modern life – I just wish the popcorn could be banned – both smelly and noisy!!

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